Oct 7, 2014 8:09 AM

Womens issues remain front and center in NH battle for US Senate


CONCORD - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is taking her criticism of Republican challenger Scott Brown over women's issues from the campaign trail to the airwaves.

The Democratic incumbent on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, started airing a new TV ad that attacks the GOP nominee and former senator and state lawmaker from Massachusetts over what the Shaheen campaign calls Brown's "anti-choice record" and over an "extreme bill" he twice sponsored when he was in the Bay State legislature.

"In Massachusetts, Scott Brown pushed for a law to force women considering abortion, force them, to look at color photographs of developing fetuses," says the narrator in the commercial. "Scott Brown wants the government to tell women how to make this decision. Anti-choice groups in Massachusetts endorsed Scott Brown and women there voted him out. Scott Brown: not for New Hampshire."

The Shaheen campaign says that the spot will run for a week on broadcast TV in New Hampshire on WBIN and WMUR, as well as on Boston TV and cable.

The spot comes as Shaheen spends a second straight week holding women's themed events and criticizing Brown's stance on reproductive rights. During the push, Shaheen was endorsed by the NARAL-Pro-Choice America PAC. And last week, Senate Majority PAC, a pro-Democratic outside group, went up with a new commercial criticizing Brown on women's issues. On Tuesday, Shaheen continues her "A Senator New Hampshire Women Can Trust Tour" with a stop at Creative Chef Kitchens in Derry.

The new commercial also began airing one day after Shaheen and Brown tangled over women's issues at their first showdown, a debate hosted by the Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council in North Conway. Shaheen pointed out that Brown had once voted for a resolution to block funding for Planned Parenthood.

"You have to listen not just to what Scott Brown has to say about this issue with respect to pro-choice, you have to look at what he's done," she said.

But Brown countered that he did vote against another bill to defund Planned Parenthood.
"I was one of a handful of senators who actually voted to fund Planned Parenthood," Brown responded. "I was also one of the primary sponsors on the Violence Against Women Act because I remember fighting for women since I was five years old when my mom and myself were being abused by a drunk stepfather. So when it comes to fighting for women's rights, Senator with all respect, I've been doing it since I was five years old."
The female vote could be crucial in November's election. Recent polls indicate Shaheen with a double digit lead over Brown among women voters.

The new commercial from Shaheen comes one day after the Brown campaign launched two new spots. One of the ads criticizes Shaheen for voting with President Barack Obama 99% of the time. The Brown campaign has been hammering Shaheen over her voting record as they try to tie her to the unpopular President. The other spot touts Brown's 35-year record in the Army National Guard and slams Shaheen over foreign policy and national security.


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